James Jaillet

Diesel dips another fraction of a penny

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell for the second straight week -- albeit, only slightly -- during the week ending Sept. 12, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

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ATA also asks for extension of speed limiter comment period, says rule ‘dramatic departure’ from request

The American Trucking Associations has filed a request with the Department of Transportation asking it to extend the 60-day comment public comment period on the DOT's recent proposal to require speed governors on heavy-duty trucks. The carrier lobbying group joins the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association in making such a request.

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OOIDA: Speed limiter rule comment period too short

The owner-operator trade group says its members need more than the current 60-day comment period to “adequately respond” to regulators proposed rule to require trucks weighing more than 27,000 pounds to use a speed governor that limits truck speeds to an undetermined speed, likely 60, 65 or 68 mph.

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Despite changing emissions regs, ‘Gliders are here to stay,’ says Fitzgerald rep

“We’re confident we’ll be able to test our products and meet the new standards,” says Fitzgerald's Stu McLaughin of the looming Phase 2 emissions standards set by the EPA and the DOT. Fitzgerald has already started research work to set its benchmark to begin working toward compliance with the new regs, he says.

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Rearview: Covering custom

Workhorses increasingly became show horses in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with style-minded owner-operators turning to aftermarket lights, chrome, graphics, paint and more to convert their rigs into things of beauty. Overdrive began covering the trend and started the first major truck beauty show, Overdrive’s Pride & Polish, in 1991.

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Owner-operator-founded RediTruck enters freight-matching program market

Launched last month at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas was a new automated freight-matching system, RediTruck, in which shippers and brokers post loads to the portal, owner-operators and carriers post their available capacity and the system automatically matches loads to carriers.

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Hours of service changes on the docket as Congress reconvenes for fall session

Congress must take action this fall to prevent the 34-hour restart from falling out of hours of service code.

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Reefer rates climbed in August, flatbed and van rates fell

Per-mile rates on the spot market mostly continued to tumble in August, according to monthly rate data from Truckstop.com. Reefer rates were the lone bright spot in the month’s rates report, climbing 4 cents a mile. Dry van and flatbed rates both posted declines.

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Trucking employment grew for second straight month in August

August is just the third month of the year in which trucking employment has grown. July’s gains were the first since January.

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Truck speeds set to be governed: More insights into proposed DOT rule

More on the DOT's proposal to mandate speed governors on heavy-duty trucks: The speeds operators can expect to be limited to and the equipment that may fall under the mandate.

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